Catering and Hospitality students at Riverside College were given the opportunity to explore future career opportunities during a week of inspiring activities and events, as part of Visitor Economy Week 2019.
In conjunction with other further education providers across the Liverpool City Region, Visitor Economy Week is designed to provide students with a taste of what life can be like working in the hospitality, retail, travel and tourism sectors; showcasing the variety of opportunities and diverse skills associated with the region’s growing visitor economy.
The week kicked off at the home of Liverpool Football Club, Anfield Stadium, where a magnificent opening ceremony took place. Staff and students were invited to take part in the event, along with other colleges from across the Liverpool City Region, to help create a luxury breakfast menu. Riverside College students were tasked with creating delicious savoury canapés. A number of inspirational talks then took place by guest speakers including Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, Steve Rotheram.
Later in the week, Riverside College students took part in a spectacular event held at the Richmond Hotel in Liverpool where they prepared the starter dish for a fabulous four course meal. The Catering and Hospitality students produced a Ham Hock Terrine and a Roasted Vegetable Terrine for guests which was served with pickled vegetables, goats cheese curd and mustard dressing.
Throughout the week, the students took part in a trip to major seafood supplier Neve Fleetwood, where they completed a fish preparation masterclass. Following this, the students put their new found skills into practice at Wade Deacon High School, where they provided pupils with their own food preparation masterclass.
The students also enjoyed a tour around Liverpool to visit local landmarks and restaurants, while back at Riverside College’s Scholars Restaurant the students produced a celebratory menu of North West themed dishes.
Steven Parkinson, Programme Area Leader for Catering and Hospitality said, “Visitor Economy Week has been a huge success for our students; it gave them a fantastic insight into possible future career pathways within the region’s growing visitor economy. From the week’s many events and experiences, they have been able to develop and learn new skills that they will be able to use throughout their futures.”